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Avoid Hidden Wedding Costs & Stick To Your Budget

Budget; the pesky word that threatens to ruin your plans of flying into your wedding in a helicopter, dressed in gold threads. There are so many parts of planning a wedding that most brides do not consider when planning their budget. Don’t end up paying more than you intend to with this little reminder…enjoy!

1.  Working Out

If you are planning on joining the gym; upping your yoga time or hiring a personal trainer, stick it in your wedding budget, because it alll eats into money for your wedding. Even if eating healthier is your plan for pre-wedding dieting, green foods now cost more than frozen chips, so make sure its all accounted for

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2. Wedding Flowers

Every bride has their perfect choice of flowers for their wedding, however depending upon their natural season you could end up paying out of your *** for them! Take Calla Lillies (my personal favourite), if your wedding is between March and July – perfect! If your wedding is between August and September you end up paying almost double for them as they are nearing the end of their natural season. Want them between October and March? Better start selling some organs. A slightly dramatic example but the point still stands!

3. Stamps

Who puts postage into their budgets!? Save the dates, invites, thank you cards..that’s a whole lot of stamps! Ranging anywhere between 50p to £5 or even more! (you’ve seen those kankotris..you know what I mean) I’d sneak this badboy into your budget planning.

4. Dress Alterations

These do not usually come with the dress, and with all the dieting you plan on paying for, you’ll need to consider this.

5. Hair & Make-up

I’m not even talking about the bride’s hair and make-up. Are you planning to pay for your Bridesmaids’, Mother’s, Mother in law’s, sister’s, sister in law’s hair and make-up too? I have seen too many brides overlook this part when planning their beauty budget.

6. Venues & Vendors

Most venues have a recommended or pre-approved vendor list. Moving away from this list could see an extra 20% onto your bill. Do your research.

7. Hotel Rooms and Dinner

Are you planning on renting out a hotel room the night before? Some brides tend to forget to include this into their budget but almost all brides tend to forget to include dinner for their party into the budget (assuming you all want to eat the night before).

8. Other Beauty Bits

Your hair colouring, your nails, your waxing, your facial…the list goes on. These also add up!

9. Favours

Wedding favours are very cute, however they also cost a little. ‘its only one pound’..400 people at an Indian wedding..you do the Maths.

10. Add your Vendors in for Meals

When doing your headcount, find out how many people your photographer, your DJ, your make up artist etc are bringing..they’ll all expect to be fed (and rightly so)

11. Cake Cutting

Caterers actually charge extra to cut and box the cake for you, find out this charge first!

12. Unexpected Guests

As we allllll know, the people who said no will come or ‘swap in’ someone to attend for them. People have gotten engaged and bring their other halves. The neighbour’s neighbour heard where you were getting married and just thought their invite was lost in the post..add in a few plates for these lovely guests (They may even give you a wedding present! Always a silver lining)

13. Welcome Packages

Are you expecting out of towners? A welcome package in their room is customary, but also pricey! Let’s say a minimum £20 for one package…

14. Extras

Always put aside some cash for things you forget. If the groom forgets their socks and you forget your shoes, somebody can nip out quickly and buy you some…but it still costs!

15. Don’t Forget The Bride And Groom!

Remember to count yourselves into every headcount! I have seen and heard of too many couples who don’t actually include themselves into things and end up about £200 or more out of pocket! You need chairs, food, cutlery, glasses, drinks etc too! It is your wedding after all!!

Avoid sneaky little costs and enjoy your big day!

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The Aashni & Co Wedding Show

This time last week I was in the presence of Indian fashion royalty. Held at The Dorchester Ballroom, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Aashni & Co wedding show, featuring all of my favourite designers, possibly the most incredible floral displays I’ve seen to date and a bridal beauty demonstration. I was surrounded by the most gorgeous pieces and their creators! (To say I was excited would be a huge understatement)

The designers featured were: Anamika Khanna, Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta, Ashima-Leena, Elisha W, Jaipur Gems, Kotwara by Meera Muzaffar Ali, Manish Malhotra, Monisha Thahryamal, Nikasha, Pallavi Jaikishan, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Sabyasachi, Shehlaa, Sonali Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl. (I know…breathe..)

The day started fabulously with a much needed coffee en route to The Dorchester. As soon as I entered the ballroom, I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of elegance and glamour facing me. The whole show was decorated with absolutely stunning floral displays by Zita Elze, with an entrance display that was just magical.

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I realised I was surrounded by some of the most incredible pieces I had literally ever seen!

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Shehla Khan

Manish Malhotra

Sabyasachi

Tarun Tahiliani

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Once this had all sunk in, I wandered into the exhibitors area and it was just so much more than I had ever imagined. The designers were in their own stalls, surrounded by their garments and freely talking to the public. It was endearing to see my idols humanised for a day!

Having found the ability to breathe again, I headed off to find and speak with the designers. Here are some quotes and pictures from the most amazing day.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy's work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy’s work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

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Anushree Reddy: It is great to be able to be here and visit a city and meet the brides who buy my work. We need to experiment with different markets and you only learn by going there.

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Sabyasachi: I love helping young people, so when Aashni came into my store and told me I had to make a collection for her store I couldn’t say no. I was young and starting up once too, I like the confidence in young people.

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Manish Malhotra: My collection here today is basically bringing back the classic red. I like taking vintage and heritage culture and giving it a modernising nature, which is easy to wear and personality driven.

Another stunning banquet display

Tarun Tahiliani: My first show at the Dorchester was in 1995. It was the first show I ever did and it was one of the most beautiful, magical nights. When I heard the venue for this event was the Dorchester, I had to do it just to do something a little different. It is wonderful being here. I had no idea it would be such an incredible turnout. It has been wonderful speaking to brides and the audience here

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Aashni with her royal fashion entourage

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

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Tamara Al Gabbani; brand ambassador for Jaipur Gems mid interview

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Needless to say…I was a very happy me by the end of the day!!

Shop the designers at Aashni & Co

Happy Sunday

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When thinking about bridal make up, the keywords are natural, subtle, elegant and pretty. Red lipstick isn’t a first choice for a white wedding for the fear of looking overdone and vampy, however red lipstick is such a gorgeous way of creating a bridal look and can easily be used for a natural elegant look and any good bridal make up artist can do this for you.

Red lipstick is very vintage and 1920’s but we’re all about living past eras, especially in fashion and beauty, because well..

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Enough said.

Choosing a red lipstick that suits your skin tone is imperative. Here a few pointers in choosing the right shade.

Firstly there are different types of skin, cool and warm. Warm skin has yellow and golden undertones, whereas cool skin has pink and blue undertones. The quickest way to figure it out? Look at the veins on your inner wrist in natural light: if they look green you have warm skin, and if they look blue, you have cool skin.

Warm Skin Tones
For warm complexions use orangey reds, tomato reds, reds with a golden base or tawny reds

Cool Skin Tones
For cool complexions use pink reds, berry reds, reds with a blue undertone like plums

For all skin tones a REAL red would work- think post box red.

Now that we have skin tones covered we move to skin colours..

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Porcelain Skin
Cool undertoned reds generally speaking look the best with this type of skin, however for a statement look use a warm red.

Fair Skin
Fair skin in general should use a cooler red, hints of plum work wonders. Again using a warm red creates a bold look.

Bisque Skin
This warm skinned colour suits a cooler look, think light berry to create your look.

Beige Skin
Yellow undertones in this skin prefer a warm red , golden undertoned to set off the colour in your skin. A cool red in this case add drama.

Olive Skin
A warm red with a green or brown undertone look amazing with olive skin, think autumn reds and you have your perfect match.

Tawny Skin
A warm brown red is more suited to you than a berry gold red, but with this skin a cool colour can sometimes create more of a match. For tawny skin I would suggest trialling a few and then taking photos. The photos will tell you which suits you.

Caramel Skin
Orange reds are PERFECT for caramel skin, probably the only skin colour to REALLY be able to carry an orange undertoned red.

Dark Skin
Go deep! go for a deep dark maroon, these colours suit without looking scary (as they would on a fairer skin colour.

I will leave you with some of my favourite red lip looks..

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Zuhair Murad!

Zuhair Murad is one of my favourite designers and one of my biggest inspirations as a bridal designer. He creates this amazing East-West fusion in gowns; the same foundation that underpins my own designs, within his bridal wear, Haute couture and ready to wear collections. His Lebanese foundation mixed with his fantasy sketching has led him to be one of the most talented designers today.

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I love his haute couture because this is what we are drawn towards when deciding outfits for our receptions. This is where we can wear the most gorgeous Indian – Western fusion gown known to man!

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This Chiffon high neck makes the perfect reception gown – the beading is a very Eastern style of beading found on sarees and lenghas. Chiffon is a very classy and bridal fabric which makes an appearance in a lot of ZM collections. (Good choice!)

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This embellishment and embroidery is perfect for an Indian fusion outfit

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This type of dress in colours! Just shows how perfect it would be to match your colour schemes!

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Using the most amazing fabrics and silhouettes he has created a fantasy land with embroidery and embellishment fit for a princess! Here are a few of my favourites from his AW14 collection

New Picture (9) Genuinely my favourite dress of all time!

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With saree gowns coming into their own this year and only growing as a trend into next, these kind of dresses are to arrive on the horizon in multitudes! And I cannot wait!

Leaving you all with some of my favourite images from ZM collections to date….enjoy!

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You can see why I am so inspired!! To the drawing board!!!

Happy Reading!

Featuring : ZuhairMurad and various Pinterest users (seriously guys get on Pinterest)

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 2

 And for part two only the BEST colour – PINK! No..HOT Pink!!!

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 This is one of the easiest colours to be able to wear within your bridal attire – not only is it gorgeous, but the colour is so complimentary to Red, Green and Cream it could almost just replace the Red.

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This is gorgeous because, although the main colour is pink, the highlights of red make it an amazing alternative for a bridal outfit.

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Not your traditional conventional bridal attire, but how AMAZING! the velvet and the flower veins have a Snow White-esque feel and with a slight tweaking of colour – you could be the trendiest Disney bride ever!

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This beautiful hot pink and gold brocade lengha would be ideal. Perhaps changing the Dupatta colour to have a gold/ cream base or adding a cream border, would make this more bridal and more traditional. But if you love the pink…you go for it!

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This is a Pagli creation which is simply stunning. Simple enough to carry the hot pink, yet heavy enough to be considered bridal. Your secondary dupatta would need to be Cream/ Gold to be able to carry this.

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I am absolutely in love with this! The pink has a blue undertone to it which I think makes me love it more! Perfectly simple, perfectly bridal! IF you wanted to feel that little bit more special – throwing some rhinestones and jewels on to it would achieve that! (You can never have too many jewels right?!)

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This stunner is a Manish Malhotra  (as if it weren’t obvious). I am in love with the metallics on this outfit! such a nice replacement for gems and jewels. I don’t think I need to say anymore…

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I found this photo on Pinterest (yes I am obsessed with Pinterest) and couldn’t get over how gorgeous this design was. The Red features as the main bridal highlight however the pink borders make this style that little more pretty and that little more on trend! I just wish I knew the designer of it!

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This is a beautiful lengha to wear if you are going all out for colour – perhaps on a mehndi night or a sangeet. Adding a tulle underlay would make this that little bit more bridal.

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This is one of my favourites…Pink, Gold, cream AND jewels…how can you go wrong?! The fishtail style of skirt makes this that little bit more glam.  I would personally shorten the blouse so as not to cover the gorgeous skirt waist detail. Everything about this outfit screams yes!

To conclude our journey to the land of PINK, here is an outfit mixing a couple of the jewelled tones together: Mendhi night you say?

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LOVE!

Be Pink!

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10 Gorgeous Veils

Ok so she loves more than 10 veils…but some are of the same ilk…so really it balances out!

I thought that following the news regarding Angelina Jolie’s (or is it Pitt’s now) veil, containing embroidered designs inspired by her children’s doodles, it would be apt to write a post on veils. She literally let her kids draw on her veil.

That she wore to her wedding.

Her ONE wedding.

(well not literally, a designer embroidered them on an amazing lace for her…but still).

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Yes…she did that…

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Now I am sure I will love my offspring….but there is not a chance in hell they would allowed to scribble on any part of my wedding.

In the many dreams I have about weddings (no really…you’d be surprised) I am always wearing different veils. Ranging from one gooorgeous Cathedral veil to maybe 3 or 4 different veils. (again, not kidding. I have a problem…no, there is no name for it yet).

I find it fascinating that we, as Asian brides, go as far as wearing an amazing fusion dress for our civil ceremonies, but a veil is seldom worn! They’re SO PRETTY and so much fun!! You can play hide and seek with them , you can pass them on to your children, you can use them as tablecloths (not that I ever would), you can take cheesy photos with them…the opportunities are just endless!

So here goes….my 10 most recent favourite veils. (Pics are click- through…so click through!)

Veil number 1- Simplicity is key

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This gorgeous tulle veil, with a very simple bow and gem would be a gorgeous addition to any dress. The maker of this exact veil has closed up shop, however any dressmaker could do this for you, just print out the pic.

Veil Number 2 – All Over

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This charming all over bobble veil is created by Anna Campbell. She is an amazing Australian designer who uses beads, pearls, tulles and lace to create gorgeous pieces – this being exactly that.

Veil number 3 – Embroidered

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I am always partial to a bit of embroidery and embellishment, and this Pronovias creation is no exception..the stunning floral design and the placement starting just under the cheekbone makes this veil flattering and GORGEOUS!

Veil number 4 – Vintage Treasure

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The name says it all. This vintage piece is an authentic Victorian HANDMADE (I KNOW!) delight. From around 1860’s and would probably retail at around £3000..not cheap. However, easily made today with new inventions, like machines, and computers for probably a sixteenth of the price. Drool away.

Veil Number 5 (and 6 – but not really 6) – Embellished

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These Etsy finds are my favourite type of veils, they are the ones I see myself wearing. The perfect fusion of Indian on tulle! (in the process of designing my own versions of these so watch this space!)

Veil Number 6 – Floral

I am in love with this stylemepretty veil…….3D flowers attached to your head?! I mean who wouldn’t! Really simple, really compliments the dress, but more than this it looks fun and pretty! Win for flowers!

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…it helps that the bride is drop dead gorgeous….sigh.

Veil Number 7- Indian

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Now this is actually just a saree draped over somebody’s head…(I know I had you fooled for a minute), however the idea behind this is going back to the whole fusion wedding. Imagine you are wearing your white dress (or any other colour for that matter) and you have found a serious dupatta, that matches perfectly, but it just needs to not be so heavy! Get this turned into a shoulder drop veil! So simple and so gorgeous! (IIII KNOW! Possibilities are endless with us Asians!)

Veil Number 8 – All Over Placement Embroidery

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This veil has placement embroidery all around the hem circ which would look amazing on a plain dress. Simple, elegant and really pretty! This was a Twigs and Honey find on Etsy…they have gorgeous accessories to go with your beautiful day.

Veil Number 9 – Bordered (No. Not Bored.)

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This absolutely blew my mind. The simplicity involved in creating this veil; a double turned hem or a sheer organza border. That’s it! Such an impactful piece and so so so pretty! Hayley Paige has some absolutely gorgeous pieces, simple and elegant.

Veil Number 10 – The Blusher

In my opinion, getting a blusher veil right is quite a task. There is usually too much embroidery for the length or absolutely nothing, I hadn’t come across any that made me think yessss…..until now..

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This gorgeous little Etsy shop has found the perfect mix! It is so CUTE! (personally not my style, because I don’t suit cute, but still beautiful!)

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Veil Number 11 – Placed Lace

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This UrbanVeilsCouture find is incredible. I was always under the impression that you couldn’t have embroidery over the top of your head – that it would look slightly weird, however I had to eat my words when I stumbled upon this little Etsy number (yes Etsy really is the place to be).

Literally can’t help myself…seriously its like asking a kid to stop eating chocolate when there is nobody to supervise…

LASTLY…Veil Number 12 – JEWELS

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You guessed it…ETSY; Thelacebutterflies. Seriously just wow. Imagine the sparkles!!! Amazing price, amazing handwriting….just gorgeous, not a lot else to say on this…they say a picture speaks a thousand words, and that is EXACTLY what is happening here!

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That concludes my top 10 veils (for this week anyway)….hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!! Happy Veiling!

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White Weddings

I am absolutely crazed about white weddings; the gorgeous ivory dress, the bouquet of flowers, the veil, the headpiece, the flower girls/boys…I could go on..(but I won’t)

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Since I was little I have been collecting images, fabrics, colours, prints and more to be able to create my dream wedding. As I grew up I was under the impression that, as a Hindu, we don’t really do the whole church/ castle thing. It is a simple signing of a book to register your marriage legally.

As I grew up a little more and studied fashion and got more into my bridal design and got a job in fashion buying.
At this point the only thing going through my mind was

screw tradition I am definitely having my fairytale wedding

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(too much?)

As a second generation Indian (born in the U.K. with Indian heritage) I realised how lucky we are to be able to have a huge mix of different cultures in our weddings!

Different types of Indian events available to us:
Sangeet night
Mehndi night
Raas and Garba evening
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They’re the most popular Indian events, and the British cultured events available to us are:
Civil ceremony
Reception
Post wedding brunch
Rehearsal dinner

How freakin’ awesome! We can have about 10 different events just because we live in Britain!!! Of course not many people have a ten event wedding…

So going back to this white wedding, some of the recent collections have been phenomenal! I’ll leave you with a few inspirational images that I love, for your big day!

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Featuring
Rosa Clara Bridal

Various dresses from Wedding Inspirasi

Jenny Packham

More to come soon
Happy dressing!
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